19 CFR 4.97 - Salvage vessels.

§ 4.97 Salvage vessels.
(a) Only a vessel of the United States, a numbered motorboat owned by a citizen, or a vessel operating within the purview of paragraph (d) or (e) of this section, shall engage in any salvage operation in territorial waters of the United States unless an application addressed to the Commissioner of Customs to use another specified vessel in a completely described operation has been granted. 133

Footnote(s):
133 “No foreign vessel shall, under penalty of forfeiture, engage in salvaging operations on the Atlantic or Pacific coast of the United States, in any portion of the Great Lakes or their connecting or tributary waters, including any portion of the Saint Lawrence River through which the international boundary line extends, or in territorial waters of the United States on the Gulf of Mexico, except when authorized by a treaty or in accordance with the provisions of section 725 of this title: Provided, however, That if, on investigation, the Secretary of the Treasury is satisfied that no suitable vessel wholly owned by a person who is a citizen of the United States and documented under the laws of the United States or numbered pursuant to section 288 of this title, is available in any particular locality he may authorize the use of a foreign vessel or vessels in salvaging operations in that locality and no penalty shall be incurred for such authorized use.” (46 U.S.C. 316(d))
“Nothing in this section shall be held or construed to prohibit or restrict any assistance to vessels or salvage operations authorized by Article II of the treaty between the United States and Great Britain ‘concerning reciprocal rights for United States and Canada in the conveyance of prisoners and wrecking and salvage’ signed at Washington, May 18, 1908 (35 Stat. 2036), or by the treaty between the United States and Mexico ‘to facilitate assistance to and salvage of vessels in territorial waters,’ signed at Mexico City, June 13, 1935 (49 Stat. 3359).” (46 U.S.C. 316(e))

(b) Upon receipt of such an application, the Commissioner of Customs will cause an investigation to be made immediately to determine whether a suitable vessel of the United States or a suitable numbered motorboat owned by a citizen is available for the operation. If he finds that no such vessel is available and that the facts otherwise warrant favorable action, he will grant the application.
(c) If the application is granted, the applicant shall make a full report of the operation as soon as possible to the director of the port nearest the place where the operation was conducted.
(d) A Canadian vessel may engage in salvage operations on any vessel in any territorial waters of the United States in which Canadian vessels are permitted to conduct such operations by article II of the treaty between the United States and Great Britain signed on May 18, 1908, 134 or by section 725, title 46, United States Code. 135 If any such vessel engages in a salvage operation in territorial waters of the United States, the owner or master of the vessel shall make a full report of the operation as soon as possible to the director of the port nearest the place where the operation was conducted.

Footnote(s):
134 “The High Contracting Parties agree that vessels and wrecking appliances, either from the United States or from the Dominion of Canada, may salve any property wrecked and may render aid and assistance to any vessels wrecked, disabled or in distress in the waters or on the shores of the other country in that portion of the St. Lawrence River through which the International Boundary line extends, and, in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior, and in the Rivers Niagara, Detroit, St. Clair, and Ste. Marie, and the Canals at Sault Ste. Marie, and on the shores and in the waters of the other country along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts within a distance of thirty miles from the International Boundary on such Coasts.
“It is further agreed that such reciprocal wrecking and salvage privileges shall include all necessary towing incident thereto, and that nothing in the Customs, Coasting or other laws or regulations of either country shall restrict in any manner the salving operations of such vessels or wrecking appliances.
“Vessels from either country employed in salving in the waters of the other shall, as soon as practicable afterwards, make full report at the nearest custom house of the country in whose waters such salving takes place.” (35 Stat. 2036)


Footnote(s):
135 “Canadian vessels and wrecking appurtenance may render aid and assistance to Canadian or other vessels and property wrecked, disabled, or in distress in the waters of the United States contiguous to the Dominion of Canada.
“This section shall be construed to apply to the canal and improvement of the waters between Lake Erie and Lake Huron, and to the waters of the Saint Mary's River and Canal: * * *.” (46 U.S.C. 725)
The waters of Lake Michigan are not contiguous to the Dominion of Canada within the meaning of this statute.

(e) A Mexican vessel may engage in a salvage operation on a Mexican vessel in any territorial waters of the United States in which Mexican vessels are permitted to conduct such operations by the treaty between the United States and Mexico signed on June 13, 1935. 136

Footnote(s):
136 “The High Contracting Parties agree that vessels and rescue apparatus, public or private, of either country, may aid or assist vessels of their own nationality, including the passengers and crews thereof, which may be disabled or in distress on the shores or within the territorial waters of the other country within a radius of seven hundred and twenty nautical miles of the intersection of the International Boundary Line and the coast of the Pacific Ocean, or within a radius of two hundred nautical miles of the intersection of the International Boundary Line and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.” (49 Stat. 3360)

[28 FR 14596, Dec. 31, 1963, as amended by T.D. 69-266, 34 FR 20423, Dec. 31, 1969]

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 6 - DOMESTIC SECURITY
U.S. Code: Title 8 - ALIENS AND NATIONALITY
U.S. Code: Title 19 - CUSTOMS DUTIES

§ 66 - Rules and forms prescribed by Secretary

§ 288 - Documented vessels

§ 293 - Documented vessels touching at foreign ports

§ 294 - No duty by reason of documented vessel touching at foreign port

§ 1322 - International traffic and rescue work; United States-Mexico Boundary Treaty of 1970

§ 1431 - Manifests

§ 1433 - Report of arrival of vessels, vehicles, and aircraft

§ 1434 - Entry; vessels

§ 1436 - Penalties for violations of arrival, reporting, entry, and clearance requirements

§ 1441 - Exceptions to vessel entry and clearance requirements

§ 1442 - Residue cargo

§ 1446 - Supplies and stores retained on board

§ 1447 - Place of entry and unlading

§ 1448 - Unlading

§ 1449 - Unlading at port of entry

§ 1450 - Unlading on Sundays, holidays, or during overtime hours

§ 1451 - Extra compensation

§ 1451a - Repealed.

§ 1452 - Lading on Sundays, holidays, or at night

§ 1453 - Lading and unlading of merchandise or baggage; penalties

§ 1454 - Unlading of passengers; penalty

§ 1457 - Time for unlading

§ 1458 - Bulk cargo, time for unlading

§ 1484b - Deferral of duty on large yachts imported for sale at United States boat shows

§ 1486 - Administration of oaths

§ 1490 - General orders

§ 1498 - Entry under regulations

§ 1505 - Payment of duties and fees

§ 1581 - Boarding vessels

§ 1584 - Falsity or lack of manifest; penalties

§ 1586 - Unlawful unlading or transshipment

§ 1622 - Foreign landing certificates

§ 1623 - Bonds and other security

§ 1624 - General regulations

§ 1706 - Importation in vessels under thirty tons and aircraft; licenses; labels as prima facie evidence of foreign origin of merchandise

§ 1706a - Civil penalties for trading without required certificate of documentation

§ 2071 note - Establishment of Service; Commissioner; appointment

U.S. Code: Title 28 - JUDICIARY AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
U.S. Code: Title 33 - NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
U.S. Code: Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
U.S. Code: Title 46 - SHIPPING

§ 501 - Waiver of navigation and vessel-inspection laws

§ 2107 - Civil penalty procedures

§ 2108 - Repealed.

§ 3502 - List or count of passengers

§ 5101 - Definitions

§ 5102 - Application

§ 5106 - Load line certificate

§ 5107 - Delegation of authority

§ 5108 - Special exemptions

§ 5109 - Reciprocity for foreign vessels

§ 5112 - Loading restrictions

§ 5113 - Detention of vessels

§ 5114 - Use of Customs Service officers and employees for enforcement

§ 5116 - Penalties

§ 8103 - Citizenship and Navy Reserve requirements

§ 10301 - Application

§ 10302 - Shipping articles agreements

§ 10314 - Advances

§ 10315 - Allotments

§ 12101 - Definitions

§ 12108

§ 12112 - Coastwise endorsement

§ 12118 - Owners engaged primarily in manufacturing or mineral industry

§ 12120 - Liquified gas tankers

§ 12132 - Loss of coastwise trade privileges

§ 14306 - Reciprocity for foreign vessels

§ 14502 - Measurement

§ 14511 - Application

§ 14512 - Standard tonnage measurement

§ 14513 - Dual tonnage measurement

§ 14701 - General violation

§ 14702 - False statements

§ 44101 - Application

§ 44102 - Financial responsibility to indemnify passengers for nonperformance of transportation

§ 44103 - Financial responsibility to pay liability for death or injury

§ 44104 - Civil penalty

§ 44105 - Refusal of clearance

§ 44106 - Conduct of proceedings

46 U.S. Code § 3901, 3902 - Repealed.

§ 50501 - Entities deemed citizens of the United States

§ 50502 - Applicability to receivers, trustees, successors, and assigns

§ 50503 - Oceanographic research vessels

§ 50504 - Sailing school vessels

§ 51101 - Policy

§ 51102 - Definitions

§ 51103 - General authority of Secretary of Transportation

§ 51104 - General authority of Secretary of the Navy

§ 51301 - Maintenance of the Academy

§ 51302 - Nomination and competitive appointment of cadets

§ 51303 - Non-competitive appointments

§ 51304 - Additional appointments from particular areas

§ 51305 - Prohibited basis for appointment

§ 51306 - Cadet commitment agreements

§ 51307 - Places of training

§ 51308 - Uniforms, textbooks, and transportation allowances

§ 51309 - Academic degree

§ 51310 - Deferment of service obligation under cadet commitment agreements

§ 51311 - Midshipman status in the Navy Reserve

§ 51312 - Board of Visitors

§ 51313 - Advisory Board

§ 51314 - Limitation on charges and fees for attendance

§ 51315 - Gifts to the Merchant Marine Academy

§ 51316 - Temporary appointments to the Academy

§ 51317 - Adjunct professors

§ 51501 - General support program

§ 51502 - Detailing of personnel

§ 51503 - Regional maritime academies

§ 51504 - Use of training vessels

§ 51505 - Annual payments for maintenance and support

§ 51506 - Conditions to receiving payments and use of vessels

§ 51507 - Places of training

§ 51508 - Allowances for students

§ 51509 - Student incentive payment agreements

§ 51510 - Deferment of service obligation under student incentive payment agreements

§ 51511 - Midshipman status in the Navy Reserve

§ 51701 - United States Maritime Service

§ 51702 - Civilian nautical schools

§ 51703 - Additional training

§ 51704 - Training for maritime oil pollution prevention, response, and clean-up

§ 51901 - Awards for individual acts or service

§ 51902 - Gallant Ship Award

§ 51903 - Multiple awards

§ 51904 - Presentation to representatives

§ 51905 - Flags and grave markers

§ 51906 - Special certificates for civilian service to armed forces

§ 51907 - Provision of decorations, medals, and replacements

§ 51908 - Prohibition against unauthorized manufacture, sale, possession, or display of awards

§ 52101 - Reemployment rights for certain merchant seamen

§ 53101 - Definitions

§ 53102 - Establishment of Maritime Security Fleet

§ 53103 - Award of operating agreements

§ 53104 - Effectiveness of operating agreements

§ 53105 - Obligations and rights under operating agreements

§ 53106 - Payments

§ 53107 - National security requirements

§ 53108 - Regulatory relief

§ 53109 - Repealed.

§ 53110 - Regulations

§ 53111 - Authorization of appropriations

§ 53301 - Definitions

§ 53302 - Authority for construction reserve funds

§ 53303 - Persons eligible to establish funds

§ 53304 - Vessel ownership

§ 53305 - Eligible fund deposits

§ 53306 - Recognition of gain for tax purposes

§ 53307 - Basis for determining gain or loss and for depreciating new vessels

§ 53308 - Order and proportions of deposits and withdrawals

§ 53309 - Accumulation of deposits

§ 53310 - Obligation of deposits and period for construction of certain vessels

§ 53311 - Taxation of deposits on failure of conditions

§ 53312 - Assessment and collection of deficiency tax

§ 53501 - Definitions

§ 53502 - Regulations

§ 53503 - Establishing a capital construction fund

§ 53504 - Deposits and withdrawals

§ 53505 - Ceiling on deposits

§ 53506 - Investment and fiduciary requirements

§ 53507 - Nontaxation of deposits

§ 53508 - Separate accounts within a fund

§ 53509 - Qualified withdrawals

§ 53510 - Tax treatment of qualified withdrawals and basis of property

§ 53511 - Tax treatment of nonqualified withdrawals

§ 53512 - FIFO and LIFO withdrawals

§ 53513 - Corporate reorganizations and partnership changes

§ 53514 - Relationship of old fund to new fund

§ 53515 - Records and reports

§ 53516 - Termination of agreement after change in regulations

§ 53517 - Reports

§ 53701 - Definitions

§ 53702 - General authority

§ 53703 - Application procedures

§ 53704 - Funding limits

§ 53705 - Pledge of United States Government

§ 53706 - Eligible purposes of obligations

§ 53707 - Findings related to obligors and operators

§ 53708 - Findings related to economic soundness

§ 53709 - Amount of obligations

§ 53710 - Contents of obligations

§ 53711 - Security interest

§ 53712 - Monitoring financial condition and operations of obligor

§ 53713 - Administrative fees

§ 53714 - Guarantee fees

§ 53715 - Escrow fund

§ 53716 - Deposit fund

§ 53717 - Management of funds in the Treasury

§ 53718 - Annual report to Congress

§ 53721 - Rights of obligee

§ 53722 - Actions by Secretary or Administrator

§ 53723 - Payments by Secretary or Administrator and issuance of obligations

§ 53724 - Rights to secured property

§ 53725 - Actions against obligor

§ 53731 - Commercial demonstration ocean thermal energy conversion facilities and plantships

§ 53732 - Eligible export vessels

§ 53733 - Shipyard modernization and improvement

§ 53734 - Replacement of vessels because of changes in operating standards

§ 53735 - Fisheries financing and capacity reduction

§ 53901 - Definitions

§ 53902 - Authority to provide insurance

§ 53903 - Insurable interests

§ 53904 - Liability insurance for persons involved in war or defense efforts

§ 53905 - Agency insurance

§ 53906 - Hull insurance valuation

§ 53907 - Reinsurance

§ 53908 - Additional insurance privately obtained

§ 53909 - War risk insurance revolving fund

§ 53910 - Administrative

§ 53911 - Civil actions for losses

§ 53912 - Expiration date

§ 54101 - Assistance for small shipyards and maritime communities

§ 55101 - Application of coastwise laws

§ 55102 - Transportation of merchandise

§ 55103 - Transportation of passengers

§ 55104 - Transportation of passengers between Puerto Rico and other ports in the United States

§ 55105 - Transportation of hazardous waste

§ 55106 - Merchandise transferred between barges

§ 55107 - Empty cargo containers and barges

§ 55108 - Platform jackets

§ 55110 - Transportation of valueless material or dredged material

§ 55111 - Towing

§ 55114 - Unloading fish from foreign vessels

§ 55119 - Yukon River

§ 55121 - Transportation of merchandise and passengers on Canadian vessels

§ 56101 - Approval required to transfer vessel to noncitizen

§ 57109 - Operation of vessels purchased, chartered, or leased from Secretary of Transportation

§ 60101 - Boarding arriving vessels before inspection

§ 60105 - Clearance of vessels

§ 60107 - Payment of fees on departing vessel

§ 60301 - Regular tonnage taxes

§ 60302 - Special tonnage taxes

§ 60303 - Light money

§ 60304 - Presidential suspension of tonnage taxes and light money

§ 60305 - Vessels in distress

§ 60306 - Vessels not engaged in trade

§ 60307 - Vessels engaged in coastwise trade or the fisheries

§ 60308 - Vessels engaged in Great Lakes trade

§ 60309 - Passenger vessels making trips between ports of the United States and foreign ports

§ 60310 - Vessels making daily trips on interior waters

§ 60312 - Rights under treaties preserved

§ 60503 - Reciprocal suspension of discriminating duties

§ 60504 - Reciprocal privileges for recreational vessels

Public Laws